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Dangereous Cars

As an avid cyclist (both with motor and without), I find the following statistics not a least bit surprising!

More than 52,000 bicyclists have been killed in bicycle traffic accidents in the U.S. over the 80 years the federal government has been keeping records. When it comes to sharing the road with cars, many people seem to assume that such accidents are usually the cyclist’s fault — a result of reckless or aggressive riding. But an analysis of police reports on 2,752 bike-car accidents in Toronto found that clumsy or inattentive driving by motorists was the cause of 90 percent of these crashes. Among the leading causes: running a stop sign or traffic light, turning into a cyclist’s path, or opening a door on a biker. This shouldn’t come as too big a surprise: motorists cause roughly 75 percent of motorcycle crashes too.

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New Leader

Hakimullah Mehsud is the new leader of the Pakistani Taliban.

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Campus Club

Texas A&M agrees that a campus Christian club may remain Christian.

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Health Care

Personally, I believe that something needs to be done about health care in this country. What that something is, is an entirely different issue. However, whatever the something turns out to be, I think it should apply to ALL Americans, and that includes all government workers, including of course, politicians. It’s time to end the “this is for you but we have something else” dodge.

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Faith

Is Faith the Product of an Irrational Mind? See here for the answer.

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Kennedy and the Russians

In 1983 Sen. Edward Kennedy reached out to the Russians for help in challenging Reagan in the 1984 presidential election.

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Rent-A-Center

I once had a guy work for me who in a previous job had been a Rent-A-Center manager, and the activities described in this article ring pretty true to what he described to me.

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EITs

Peter Kirsanow rightly wonders if “Enhanced Interrogation Techniques” didn’t bother members of congress — including Nancy Pelosi — back in 2002-03, why are they a problem now?

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Real Mob

Iain Murray and Roger Abbott on Who is the Real Mob? here.

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No Equal Rights

Large protests in Mali (Africa) against a new law which gives women equal rights in marriage.

The law was adopted by the Malian parliament at the beginning of August, and has yet to be signed into force by the president.

One of the most contentious issues in the new legislation is that women are no longer required to obey their husbands.

Hadja Sapiato Dembele of the National Union of Muslim Women’s Associations said the law goes against Islamic principles.

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Bad Teachers

The New Yorker has an amazing story about the battle over New York City’s worst teachers.

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Federal Pay

Another reason why government isn’t the answer to a problem, it is the problem.

The Bureau of Economic Analysis has released its annual data on compensation levels by industry (Tables 6.2D, 6.3D, and 6.6D here). The data show that the pay advantage enjoyed by federal civilian workers over private-sector workers continues to expand.

The George W. Bush years were very lucrative for federal workers. In 2000, the average compensation (wages and benefits) of federal workers was 66 percent higher than the average compensation in the U.S. private sector. The new data show that average federal compensation is now more than double the average in the private sector.

More here.

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Pro-Life

Ted Kennedy in 1971.

Wanted or unwanted, I believe that human life, even at its earliest stages, has certain rights which must be recognized – the right to be born, the right to love, the right to grow old.

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Real Change

Andy McCarthy on our new counterterrorism approach:

Release the terrorist who planned mass-murder attacks against U.S. cities but investigate the CIA agents who prevented mass-murder attacks against U.S. cities. I suppose that’s what happens when control of the Justice Department shifts from the lawyers who spent the last eight years going after the terrorists to the lawyers who spent the last eight years representing the terrorists. That certainly is Change.

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Chamber of Commerce

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce seeks a trial on global warming.

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Freshman Orientation

A freshman at Yale describes his freshman orientation.

So all three speeches to introduce students and parents to the university were devoted to praising diversity, with one zeroing in on our alleged homophobia and supposed contempt for Islam. Many of us got the message right away. Yale is not as interested in intellectual matters as it is in inculcating the reigning prejudices of the academic class: the blase multiculturalism, the hair-trigger sensitivity of protected groups, and the total approval of all of the narratives and all demands of self-styled ‘disempowered groups.’ In short, Yale seemed less interested in actual education than in preaching its preferred attitudes.. They assumed, despite all the praise packed into our acceptance letters, that, as non-academics, straight out of Ordinary America, we must necessarily be bigots in need of reform. This assumption showed tremendous arrogance and a disconcerting detachment from reality on the part of the academic community.

Condemning prejudice is great, but devoting the keynote speech of Yale orientation to a finger-wagging lecture against bigotry, as Professor Yoshino did, was like opening a conference of physicists with a warning on the dangers of astrology. In short, Despite Dean Salovey’s assertion that, “We will help you learn how to think rather than tell you what to think,” it looked more and more that they were going to teach us neither how to think nor what to think, but rather, what to feel.

That evening, things went from mere disappointment to sheer farce. Tedious lectures turned into indoctrination. We were required to attend ‘discussions’ with our freshman counselors about Professor Yoshino’s speech. The freshman counselor set the tone, and then student after student performed a series of variations upon a single theme: white men are bad, Islam is fabulous and judgment is bad. We need to be eternally vigilant and morally courageous in the face of the innumerable male WASP bigots around us. (Why we are allowed to judge white people as bad and Islam as good when judgment is supposedly forbidden is beyond my ken.)